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Podcast: Self Publishing Best Practices with Author Jim Breslin

We talk to Jim Breslin, author of Shoplandia and founder of the West Chester Story Slam, about the decision to self-publish, the best ways to get your book out there, and different ways of networking on and offline as an author. Jim also gets into Flash Fiction and some great places to submit these shorter…
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Smith Happenings: Indie Author Day and the Push to Publish Conference

The Smith Publicity team recently participated in two regional publishing industry events. Executive Director of Publicity Mike Onorato attended Montclair Public Library's celebration of Indie Author Day - a nationwide event sponsored by BiblioBoard designed to bring local indie writers together to meet and learn from each other. He spoke on the topic of book…
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How to write a great galley letter

by Mike Onorato, Executive Director of Publicity, originally posted on the IngramSpark blog Galleys (or ARCs) continue to be a vital step in the book marketing process, which can help garner reviews which make or break a book. As important as galleys are, the accompanying galley letter is equally important. Knowing how to construct a letter that helps…
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PODCAST: Angela Maria Spring talks pop up bookstores, stocking diverse writers, and advice for authors from her time as a manager at Politics & Prose

In this exciting episode we speak to Angela Marie Spring, founder and owner of Duende District, a mobile bookstore focused on reaching Hispanic, black, immigrant and other communities of color throughout D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area.  We talk about stocking diverse writers, how an author or brick and mortar bookstore could benefit from a pop up shop or…
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Bookbaby shares how to make the most out of a professional book review

This post by Patricia Moosbrugger of BlueInk Review first appeared on the Bookbaby blog. Professional reviews from trusted sources command credibility from the outset and can be used in ways consumer reviews cannot. Here are eight ways to make the most of a professional book review. Let’s face it, all book reviews are not created equal. You…
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Friday Publishing News Roundup: Fiction vs. Nonfiction publicity, news from Frankfurt and Southern book fairs, and more…

A weekly roundup of what people are talking about in book marketing and book publicity.   We shared an infographic illustrating some of the differences between fiction and nonfiction book publicity. The repercussions of Harvey Weinstein's actions have affected more than just the movie industry. Hachette has shuttered Weinstein Books. [Publishers Weekly] I'm an author, why do I…
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VIDEO: Author photos – do I need a headshot?

I'm a writer, why do I need a headshot!? We hear comments like this a lot. As photographer Dave Pidgeon will explain, an author photo can be a very important communication tool about your brand. Watch the video below to find out how an author photo can fit into your book marketing and book publicity…
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